Science for the People is interested in the structure and social implications of scientific research. For instance, how has funding from the military affected the research agenda at places like MIT? Why is relatively little money allocated nationally for climate change research? Why are there such disparities - in race, gender, and socioeconomic class - in the training and promotion of scientific researchers?
We support MIT students in ethical reflection, inquiry and action. As part of our mission, we offer mentoring, logistical support and financial backing to new student initiatives that will make a difference in the world.
Current Student Initiatives
On May 30, 2015 over 200 students from over 40 high schools joined us for the 9th Annual Youth Summit on Climate Change! The day was filled with informative and fun workshops, lunch and prizes.
The Applied Ethics in Planning workshop series aims to spark discussion about the ethical and values-based challenges of being a practicing planner in the real world - at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning and beyond.
Nuclear Weapons Matter (formally known as MIT Global Zero) is a student-led group that believes that awareness and knowledge regarding nuclear weapons is the responsibiilty of every citizen. NWM seeks to provide a forum for in-depth discussions about nuclear weapons, the scientific, political and moral dimensions of nuclear armaments, the national and international implications of nuclear policies, and ways to achieve sustained disarmament on the international level.
In 2007, we began mentoring a student club at the Boston Latin School. When the first meeting was organized by BLS History teacher Cate Arnold, we were expecting a few students to show up. Instead, over 80 students packed the room, excited to begin the work of the BLS Youth Climate Action Network (BLSYouthCAN). On May 19, 2008, BLSYouthCAN hosted the first Youth Summit on Climate Change at MIT with more than 225 students attending. With our ongoing support, this annual summit has reached a wide audience of New England high-school students, inspiring a new generation to take action in response to one of the greatest ethical challenges of our time.